[Newsletter] May 17 – Graduation Gift of a Lifetime!

The Graduation Gift of a Lifetime

[Image: The Father Daughter Team]What can you give your college grad that will last a lifetime? How about the memories of an amazing trip taken together, a personal challenge, and making a difference in your community? Every year, parent/child combos participate in Hazon Rides and have a great time.
QuotationsThe personal pride achieved by our two sons as they completed riding 100 miles over two days taught them a lesson about setting high personal expectations, training and achieving, that no classroom experience can match. – Jay N.

QuotationsI got the best hug from my son at the end of the ride and he added, “thanks for making this weekend so special and riding with me” … Experiencing this ride by watching him accomplish something few of his age would even imagine was wonderful. – Andy B.

Hazon events are truly intergenerational, with participants of all ages — whether you’re a kid or parent, you’ll have people your age with which to connect. What could be better? Riding with your child or parent is a good way to spend time together and make memories that last a lifetime.

Register Today: New York Ride | Israel Ride

A Third Successful Hazon California Ride!

[Image: California Ride]This weekend marked the completion of the Third Annual Hazon California Ride and Retreat. A huge number of riders, more than any previous year, challenged themselves and successfully cycled farther than they ever have before, whether it was closer to 30 miles or 80 miles.

  • Over $84,000 was raised (and counting!) to support healthier and more sustainable communities, including projects in the Bay Area.
  • We engaged with the beauty of the natural world all weekend, from the hills at Walker Creek Ranch to the scenic views of the Bay to a full flock of sheep on the road! See photos from the ride.
  • Jews from around the country and the world, from different backgrounds and traditions, came together in a seamless fashion, waltzing the Omer and singing Havdalah.
  • California Ride participant Yesh Ballon reflects on those ShechecheyanuMoments.

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The Jewish Lens Shavuot 2012/5772 Photography Contest

Students, fans and friends in grades 5-12, enter into our Shavuot Student Photography Contest!

A program of The Jewish Lens and cosponsored by Hazon.

The theme is Making a Difference. We invite you to take photographs of people doing good deeds or scenes that inspire people to make a change. Couple these photos with a Jewish text and your commentary that explains the ideal you are sharing.

The winners of the first two prizes will be the photographs with the most ‘Likes’! Another prize will be awarded by our official panel of judges. The judges will look at how well the photograph and commentary match the theme, the seriousness and depth of the entry, and how well Jewish values are incorporated into the entry. The contest will run until June 11, 2012.

  • First Place: A digital camera (value of $150)
  • Second Place: A gift card (value of $100)
  • Judge’s Prize: A gift card (value of $100)

Learn More and Enter the Contest

Healthy Sustainable Shavuot Menu

[Image: Photo Alt]Ahhhh…Shavuot. The Jewish holiday that commemorates when Jews received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The holiday that celebrates the first fruits of the season. And the (only?) Jewish holiday where vegetarians don’t feel marginalized by a table crammed with meat-heavy dishes.


See Our Collection of Shavuot Recipes

Hazon Hosts Wilderness First Aid Class

May 31, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education), 639 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the specific discipline of first aid which relates to care in remote areas, where emergency medical services will be difficult to obtain or will take a long time to arrive. Hazon is partnering with Foster Calm to offer a WFA class with lots of hands-on skills practice.

More Information

Additional Reading: Pikkuah Nefesh in the Wilderness – Saving a Life

Local Events and Features
from our Partners and Friends

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center’s
“If Not Now Society” Induction

[Image: If Not Now"]Please join Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for their inaugural “If Not Now Society” Induction.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Central Synagogue
123 East 55th Street, New York, NY

The “If Not Now Society” will serve as a salute to visionary leaders who have made a tremendous impact on Isabella Freedman and the world.

More Information and Registration

Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012

Finding Your Voice in a Global Movement

Join us to learn from and be energized by local Jewish change-makers and to celebrate the multitude of ways we are working to create a more just world.

May 20th, 3 – 8 PM
The Elisabeth Irwin High School
40 Charlton Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
$8-18, sliding scale.

Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012 will help us explore the parameters of a global movement and find our place as Jewish social justice activists within it. Learn tools to help reflect on what’s most important to you, amplify your voice, and participate in a meaningful way in the global effort towards a more just world.

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Shavuot on the Mountain with Wilderness Torah

[Image: Shavuot on the Mountain]May 25-28, 2012

Join Wilderness Torah on Memorial Day weekend for a Shabbat and Shavuot camping festival in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland. Celebrate, learn, and connect with the natural world and community.

2, 3, and 4-day options available.

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Eco-Israel Summer Session 2012

July 15 – August 23, 2012

The Eco-Israel summer session is a six-week intensive learning opportunity in sustainability on the Hava & Adam Eco-Educational farm in central Israel. From July 15 to August 23rd students will have the opportunity to learn about the key elements of sustainability such as the ethics of sustainability, observation, soil, water, compost and urban ecology. The curriculum includes work on the hava (farm) getting hands on experience in these aspects of sustainable living. Visit the new Eco-Israel website to download an application today.


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Camp Shomria Lag B’Omer Weekend

June 1-3, 2012
Camp Shomria, Liberty, NY

Join Camp Shomria for a weekend in the Catskills, where new people and new experiences await. In a celebration of Lag B’Omer, participants will begin working on organic garden for the summer season. In addition to working with goats and chickens, campers will gain hands on experience in the organic garden planting new seeds and tending to those already growing.

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JCC of Northern Virginia 3rd Annual Cycle Fest

[Image: Photo Alt]June 3, 2012, 8 AM – 12 PM
Fairfax Corner
11900 Palace Way
Fairfax, VA

Proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project
Cost: $45/$50; Before May 24: $40M/ $45C
Presented by the JCCNV and The Bike Lane

Thinking about participating? Partner up with Kasha Williamson, Ironman, National Capital Velo Club/UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team Member, JCC Instructor, and Personal Trainer to help get you in shape!

More Information and Registration

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